Tehran has made their official critical review of 300, and they think the movie is psychological warfare for a fight against Iran. Iranian newspapers had titles such as “”Hollywood declares war on Iranians”.
I haven’t had the time luxury of seeing the film yet, but reading the original comic I didn’t leave feeling Iranians heritage was insulted. In fact, I was pretty impressed with the Persian’s empire and their leader, Xerxes. I mean, he had to be placed on quite a pedestal to lead that many legions of men to expand the empire. That commands respect.
I’m not going to doubt the movie was western-centric. But still, common, a declaration of war from Hollywood? For shame.